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American family, including children as young as eight months, murdered in Mexico by drug cartel

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Mexican cartel massacre: 9 Americans, including 6 children from Mormon offshoot murdered

    At least six children and three women living in a faith-based community of U.S. citizens in Mexico were shot to death Monday in the northern part of the country, and six more children were wounded after their convoy came under fire during a brazen daylight ambush believed to have been carried out by gunmen affiliated with the cartels.

    Alfonso Durazo, Mexico's top security official, confirmed the six deaths, adding that six more children were wounded in the attack, with five transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz.

    He had indicated that one child was still missing, although relatives later appeared to indicate that the girl, Mckenzie Langford, age 9, who had been grazed in the arm by a bullet and had gone for help only to get lost in the dark, was eventually found

    Rhonita Maria LeBaron (left), along with 4 children, Dawna Langford (center) and Christina Marie Langford (right) were among those killed. (Facebook)

    Relatives said the victims live in the La Mora religious community in northern Mexico, a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona.

    They said the group was attacked while traveling in a convoy of three SUVs. Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the SUV convoy for rival gangs.

    The victims were all reportedly dual Mexican and U.S. citizens and were traveling back to the U.S. when they were ambushed, according to Utah's KUTV.

    Among those killed were Rhonita Maria LeBaron and her four children, including twin 6-month-old babies and two others, ages 8 and 10. Her burned-out bullet-ridden SUV was reportedly found outside the town of Bavispe, where the settlement is located. Relative Lafe Langford Jr. shared a video on Facebook that showed the SUV.

    Relatives claim that cartel members kidnapped surviving church members after the initial shootout.

    Langford Jr., who grew up in the settlement but now lives in the U.S., told the Salt Lake Tribune the bodies of the two other mothers in the group – 43-year-old Dawna Ray Langford and 31-year-old Christina Marie Langford – were found in a separate location later Monday. A third relative said a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy were also killed, bringing the death toll to at least nine.

    Langford Jr. told Fox News: "It's just huge. It's just absolutely unimaginable. This is the absolute worst nightmare for our entire existence in Mexico...and we never thought it was possible."

    Jhon LeBaron, another relative, posted on his Facebook page that his aunt and another woman were dead. He also posted that six of his aunt's children had been left abandoned, but alive, on a roadside.

    In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, President Trump hit out at the "monsters" who perpetrated the act.

    read more .......... https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-ci...side-northern-mexican-mormon-community-family
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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    9 members of American family including 6 children killed in ambush in Mexico, officials say

    At least nine members of an American family, including six children, were killed in an attack in northern Mexico on Monday, the Mexican military has confirmed.

    The family was ambushed by an armed group while traveling from the town of Galeana in Chichuahua state to Bavispe in Sonora state between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time, according to Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo.

    The area where the attack took place -- less than 100 miles from the Arizona border -- is of territorial dispute by several cartels, and it's possible the family's convoy of cars was mistaken for one, Durazo said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

    Three women and six children were killed in the ambush. Six other children survived the massacre and were left injured, while another remains missing, according to Durazo.

    (MORE: Thousands from both sides of US-Mexico border unite at vigil mass shooting victims)
    The family members were U.S. citizens but lived in a Mormon community in the Mexican border state of Sonora, according to a relative, Leah Staddon, who was born and raised in the same community but now lives in Arizona. She said her family, although American, has lived in Mexico for decades and they are all dual citizens.

    On the morning of the attack, a group left the community in Bavispe to drive to a wedding in Chihuahua state, according to Staddon.

    "Everyone's just in complete and utter shock," Staddon told ABC News in a Skype interview Monday night. "It has been pretty violent down there for a while and now that it has hit our family, I just want people to know out here how bad it has gotten."

    Another relative, Julian LeBaron, told ABC News he went to the scene with authorities to help collect the bodies of the dead and look for the ones who survived. LeBaron confirmed that several women and children were among those killed.

    The burnt wreckage of a vehicle transporting a Mormon family living near the border with the U.S. is seen, after the family

    Mexico's Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection has announced via Twitter the "strengthening of the state force" in the town of Bavispe "following the allegations of disappearance and assault of several people traveling to La Mora." Members of the country's national guard, army and state police have been deployed to the region to conduct a "search operation," the agency said.

    When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State told ABC News, “We are aware of these reports. The safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad is among the Department of State’s top priorities. When a U.S. citizen is missing or passes away overseas, we engage with local officials at multiple levels and provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

    U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to address the brutal attack and offered to help Mexico flush out "these monsters."

    "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth," Trump tweeted. "We merely await a call from your great new president!"

    Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, the governor of Mexico's Sonora state, also mentioned the massacre in a tweet Tuesday, vowing to use all her power to not let the crimes go "unpunished" and to make "those responsible pay."

    "I don't know what kind of monsters dare to hurt women and children," Pavlovich tweeted.

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  3. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    This is an outrage.

    I will say, I do not understand why these people chose to live here with vulnerable children.
    That said, this would be a segway to obliterating the problem.
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  4. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Waiting for bleeding hearts to stand up for the poor cartels.
    Any minute...in 10...9...8...
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  5. GrandmaBear

    GrandmaBear Bronze Member

    No men were traveling with these women in border areas? And in known areas for cartels and problems?

    I do not mean anything by that other than it is immediately notable that it was all women and children who were killed and I have a hard time understanding why anyone would feel safe driving through problem areas with children.

    In no way is that a knock, this is absolutely tragic. They may have had good reason for feeling safe and traveled the area many times without issue?

    May all of the victims RIP and may their families be surrounded with the support they will need.
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    These cartels are getting more and more brazen! :eek:
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  7. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    13-year-old survivor in Mexico attack hid siblings in bushes and walked 14 miles for help

    Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 7:14 PM EST

    Tuscon, Arizona — Stories of survival are emerging after a brutal attack in Mexico left nine people dead. Three American women and six children were killed after the extended family was attacked by gunmen believed to be with one of Mexico's cartels.

    Eight children survived, five with bullet wounds. The survivors are being treated in a Tucson hospital.

    After his mother and two brothers were shot to death, 13-year-old Devin Langford was able to hide six other siblings in nearby bushes, covering them with branches. He then walked 14 miles for help. His 9-year-old sister, McKenzie, was grazed in the arm. She walked for four hours in the dark before finally finding rescuers.

    The survivors were airlifted to Arizona. Cody, 8, was shot in the jaw and leg. Kylie, 14, was shot in the foot. Xander, 4, was shot in the back. Brixton, 9 months old, was shot in the chest.

    The tiniest miracle was 7-month old Faith Langford. Her mother, 29-year-old Christina Langford Johnson, hid her in the backseat and was found 11 hours after the massacre. Her mother exited the vehicle with her hands up to confront the gunmen to stop shooting. Witnesses said she was killed in cold blood.

    The victims were all members of a breakaway group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that had settled in the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, decades ago. A member of the group was killed by the cartel 10 years ago.

    A source told CBS News one theory is that the group was intentionally targeted. Supporting that scenario, the ambush was not short and was spread out for miles.

    Another scenario, other investigators said, is that the family was caught in the middle of a battle between two rival drug gangs. The Mexican government has spoken about this scenario.


    Family members say the bodies of 30-year-old Maria Rhonita Miller, her 8-month-old twins Titus and Tiana, 12-year-old son Howard Jr. and 10-year-old Krystal were found inside a burned-out SUV. The vehicle had broken down with a flat tire before it was riddled with bullets, causing the car to explode.

    Just 10 miles down the road, two other vehicles that were following the Miller's vehicle was hit. Dawna Langford, 43, along with her 2-year-old and 11-year-old children were killed.

    For relatives, spread across several states, there is nothing but shock and heartbreak.

    "The way they were killed and burned and massacred is just ... God, how? Unspeakable," said family member Lafe Langford.

    Mexico has dealt with a string of violent incidents in the last month. Fourteen Mexican police officers were killed after they were ambushed by drug gangs. Days later, security forces were forced to release notorious drug kingpin El Chapo's son, after heavily armed gunmen terrorized a Mexican city with heavy weapons.

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  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    An American family was brutally killed. What we know about the Mexico attack

    Nine members of an American family with Mexican roots – three mothers and their children – were brutally killed by gunmen in Mexico.

    Although authorities in Mexico have yet to confirm many details about the gunmen, relatives suspect the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity by drug cartels. The killing barrage took place Monday in a remote, mountainous area where the Sinaloa cartel has been engaged in a turf war with another gang.

    Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of rival gangs.

    All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009 by gunmen in a watershed moment in Mexico's drug war.

    The victims were all U.S. citizens and members of La Mora, a settlement of less than 1,000 people about 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona. The hamlet was founded decades ago by a fundamentalist offshoot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with the church.

    Authorities said eight children from the party of 17 were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but at least four had bullet wounds or other injuries.

    Mexican authorities said a man found with two rifles and magazines was arrested as part of the investigation.

    Leah Staddon, a relative who grew up in the La Mora community before moving to Arizona, called the attack "devastating.''

    "It’s incomprehensible, the evil,'' Staddon said. "I don’t understand how someone could do that.”

    Here’s what we know about the family, the victims and their community:

    Dawna Langford and her family.

    What happened?
    Staddon told The Arizona Republic that three mothers with dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship were driving from Bavispe to a wedding in LeBaron, another Mormon-offshoot community in the state of Chihuahua, when their three SUV's loaded with children were attacked. One of the vehicles exploded in flames.

    The attack happened near Rancho La Mora on the border between Sonora and Chihuahua, the Mexican newspaper El Diario, reported.

    Around an ambush scene that stretched for miles, investigators found over 200 shell casings, mostly from assault rifles.

    Staddon said her brother discovered the bullet-ridden vehicle smoldering.

    The Security Committee of Sonora confirmed late Monday that authorities in Sonora and Chihuahua were investigating an attack involving a burned vehicle and the kidnapping of several people.

    Authorities said they rescued two people who had been kidnapped and gagged inside a white pickup truck.

    The investigation involved municipal and state police, the state attorney general’s office, the army and the National Guard, which had launched an air and land operation in the area, according to a written statement provided to The Arizona Republic.

    Suspected drug cartel ambush:13 officers killed, 9 wounded in Mexican police convoy


    Who was the family killed in Mexico?
    According to Staddon, three mothers and six children died in the attack. She identified the mothers as Rhonita Miller, Dawna Langford and Christina Johnson. Another surviving relative, Julián LeBaron, identified Miller on Facebook as Rhonita María LeBaron, which Staddon said was her maiden name.

    Staddon said 33-year-old Miller, her nephew’s wife, and her four children died in the blaze. The children were ages 8 and 10 and 4-month-old twins, a boy and a girl.

    Langford, Staddon’s sister-in-law, and her two children died in the attack. She was traveling in the second vehicle with nine children.
    Staddon said relatives in Mexico told her that after the gunmen killed her sister-in-law and two children, they opened the door and saw more children and let them go.

    She said her sister-in-law’s oldest son, a teenager, hid the smaller children behind a tree, then walked back to the family’s ranch for help.


    Johnson, Staddon’s cousin, was traveling in a third vehicle with her baby. Her baby was found alive inside the vehicle.

    The Security Committee has yet to verify any of the deaths.

    Drug cartel feud:19 bodies found hanging from a bridge or hacked up in Mexico

    Why are Mormons living in Mexico?
    The three families who fell victim to the attack belonged to a remote ranching community that has lived in Bavispe for more than 40 years.

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  9. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Fox saying a suspect arrested.

    Deem these POSs as terrorists...wipe 'em out.
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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Mexico arrests armed man with possible link to ambush on U.S. family that left 9 dead

    Last Updated Nov 6, 2019 8:41 AM EST

    Mexico City — Mexican authorities have made an arrest they believe may be connected to the ambush killings of nine Americans in northern Mexico earlier this week. The state prosecutor's office in Sonora state, where the killings occurred, said in a statement posted to social media that agents detained a heavily-armed man close to where the attacks took place, and that "the possibility" that he might have participated in the massacre was "being analyzed."

    Sources have told CBS News the victims may have been targeted by a drug cartel. Some of the survivors remained hospitalized Wednesday morning with gunshot wounds.

    Three women and six children were killed, including eight-month-old twins. They all belonged to a break-away group once associated with the Mormon Church.

    As CBS News correspondent Mark Strassman reports, the Sonora prosecutor's office said the person arrested was found in a vehicle with two other people who were bound and gagged. Those unidentified individuals were rescued, and four assault-style weapons, spent magazines and high-caliber ammunition, were seized. Two vehicles were seized separately, including one said to have been armored.

    Deliberately targeted?
    Mexican officials said the family might have been mistakenly caught in a battle between two rival gangs, a theory also put forth by President Donald Trump in a tweet early Tuesday. But CBS News sources said the leading scenario is that the extended family was deliberately targeted.

    Lending credibility to that theory is the fact that the ambush was drawn out over time, and miles, and continued after witnesses say one woman identified herself to the gunmen.

    Taylor Langford is the nephew of one of the women killed in the brazen ambush. He and other family members also wonder if the attack was intentional.

    "Three vehicles with women and children in broad daylight. There was no mistaken identity," he told CBS News on Tuesday. "I felt this was in broad daylight and ... no one could have done that not knowing what they were doing."

    Women and kids gunned down
    Among the dead are 30-year-old Rhonita Miller and her children, 12-year-old Howard Junior, 10-year-old Krystal and eight-month-old twins Titus and Tiana. The SUV they were traveling in was hit with so many rounds that the gas tank exploded. Video showed the charred remains of the vehicle by the side of the road in a remote desert region, about 100 miles from the U.S. border.

    read more .........https://www.cbsnews.com/news/americ...rder-american-family-sonora-today-2019-11-06/
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    What a brave yuong man! Wow, just wow.
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    A suspect in connection with the deaths of three women and six children was arrested in Mexico near the U.S. border. Authorities also said two hostages have been rescued.

    According to the Agency for Criminal Investigation, authorities arrested the suspect in Agua Prieta, Mexico, which lies directly across the border from Douglas, Arizona. Two vehicles were also secured, including a stolen white 2019 Dodge Ram and a bullet-proof SUV.

    The agency added that the suspect had guns and ammunition, including assault rifles.

  13. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Again...MSM refers to tiny babies as children or kids.
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  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    My heart aches for the families and friends of these women and children. Except for a period of LeBaron family fighting in the 1960s and 1970s, the Mormons have lived peacefully in several northern Mexican communities, since the 1880s. Mitt Romney's father was born in one of these communities and eventually became the Governor of Michigan. These Mormons have farmed the communities and established prosperous businesses. I guess the cartels are unable to see the benefits and contributions they have made to Mexico. These women and children did nothing to cause this massacre. They were simply traveling to a wedding.

    I can only hope that our border security becomes stronger and our wall becomes higher. The murders of these innocent women and children took place close to our border. The animals who committed these murders need to be kept out of our country. Too many have already crossed our borders. The cartels and gangs are establishing themselves in our communities and we need to stop it. I hope the Mormon groups return to the US and leave those Mexican communities high and dry.
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  18. fran

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    'The fear is extreme': Relatives join armed convoy to travel into Mexico for funerals

    LA MORA, Mexico — Relatives from the United States and Mexico will begin the grim task on Thursday of burying the nine women and children slaughtered in an ambush in a mountainous area near the Sonora-Chihuahua border where rival cartels are fighting a vicious turf war.

    Two funerals will take place Thursday in La Mora, a town in Sonora founded by fundamentalist offshoots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A third funeral will take place on Friday in LeBaron, a fundamentalist offshoot community in neighboring Chihuahua.

    Dawna Ray Langford, 43, will be buried in the first funeral at 10 a.m., along with two of her children killed in the attack: 11-year-old Trevor Harvey Langford, and 2-year-old Rogan Jay Langford, according to Kendra Lee Miller, a relative.

    Rhonita Maria (LeBaron) Miller, 30, will be buried in a second funeral at 2 p.m., along with four of her children: 8-month-old twins Titus Alvin Miller and Tiana Gricel Miller; Krystal Bellaine Miller, 10; and Howard Jacob Miller Jr., 12.


    A third funeral will take place Friday in Colonia LeBaron in Chihuahua for Chistina Johnson, 33.

    All three families belonged to a fundamentalist offshoot of the LDS church and had dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship.

    Family relative: 'I've never felt this kind of fear before going into Mexico'
    Dozens of relatives of the slain family members from all over the United States gathered Wednesday in a Walmart parking lot in Douglas, Arizona. They then crossed over into Mexico to begin the three-hour drive to La Mora in a convoy of about a dozen vehicles guarded by heavily armed Mexican soldiers and state police.

    History:Why offshoots of the Mormon church fled to Mexico

    Emily Langford, a close relative of the victims, traveled from Utah to attend the funerals. She said she grew up in Mexico feeling safe but was afraid to return.

    "This time, the fear is extreme," Langford said as she waited in Douglas for the convoy to disembark. "I've never felt this kind of fear before going into Mexico. I was born there, I grew up there. I lived in peace all of my life down there."

    Langford blames the Mexican government for failing to rein in cartel violence, which since 2006 has claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 people

    "I do believe it is the Mexican government's fault. I blame them entirely for not taking a stand a long time ago when other innocent lives were being taken," Langford said. "It angers me. I love the people of Mexico. There's so many good people here. They're so hospitable and loving. They don't deserve this. They need to be taken care of, and their president is not taking care of them."

    The family's drive took hours, and though their escorts were well armed, it was a race against sundown to cover as much of the dirt road as possible before darkness fell.

    After dark, the family convoy reached a relay point. Soldiers from Agua Prieta dropped away from the group and a new set of military escorts, already set up and waiting, replaced them in the caravan. A waxing moon and red taillights were the only glow on the landscape.

    After 8 p.m., the family reached La Mora, where a checkpoint of a half-dozen military and police units was set up.

    What happened in the Mexico ambush that killed 9 family members?
    Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, vowed Wednesday to bring those responsible for the killings to justice. But he steadfastly refused to return to the war on cartels carried out by previous administrations, which he said had failed.

    "This has been shown not to work. It only leads to more violence," López Obrador said.

    Trump reaction:Trump condemns killing of family in Mexico, offers help to fight drug cartels

    In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation said the attorney general for Sonora, Claudia Indira Contreras Córdova, met with some of the victims' relatives to promise them justice.

    The three families were traveling in three separate vehicles from their homes in La Mora in Sonora to Colonia LeBaron in Chihuahua when they were ambushed in two separate attacks by gunmen hidden in the mountains along a road that connects the two towns, Mexican authorities said.


    Some relatives have said the families were on their way to a wedding. Others have posted messages on Facebook that said two of the mothers were on their way to visit relatives in LeBaron and the third mother was on her way to pick up her husband at the airport in Tucson.

    The remains of Rhonita Maria Miller, 30, and four of her children were found inside a bullet-ridden Tahoe that exploded in flames during the attack.

    Dawna Ray Langford, 43, was traveling in an SUV with her nine children, seven of whom survived the attack, including five who were wounded.

    Christina Johnson, 33, was traveling in a third SUV with her baby when she was killed. The baby was found unharmed about 12 hours later after relatives launched a search after learning of the attacks from two of the older children who walked more than 10 miles back to La Mora, relatives said.

    Mexican authorities said Wednesday that they were investigating the possibility that cartel members may have mistook the three families as members of a rival cartel because the large SUVs they were driving resembled those used by criminal organizations.

    Mexican authorities were investigating whether a suspect arrested Monday in Agua Prieta is connected to the ambush.

    The convoy of vehicles carrying relatives to the funerals in Mexico crossed into Agua Prieta from Douglas late Wednesday.

    Residents looked on as the convoy slowly wound through the city on the way to an Army base, where for security reasons soldiers took pictures of each vehicle and its license plate.

    Langford said she believes the horrific ambush will spur many of the families living in La Mora and colonias founded by fundamentalist offshoots of the LDS Church to return to the United States to live.


    Langford said the barbaric killings of women and children have left her angry.

    "You think of all the words you could say and all the anger and frustrations that you could feel and it's all there: the fear, the anger, how could this happen, of course," she said. "It's questioning God, too: Why? That's human nature to question God for such tragic events like this."

    But she said relatives of the large extended families have leaned on one another for support.

    "In the dark, if you look, you can see light," Langford said. "Sometimes you have to look really hard, but you can. I think in this we will see light. I pray and hope justice will be served, somehow, and that no innocent lives are lost."

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    Funerals held for mother and four children killed in Mexico ambush

    Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — Five more family members were laid to rest after they were killed in a brutal ambush in Mexico. Rhonita Miller and her four children were buried Friday, including her 8-month-old twins.

    Nine Americans, including six children, were killed on Monday. Funerals for some of the victims were held on Thursday.

    Mexican authorities said they believe the victims were in an area where there had been a shootout between rival cartels and were mistakenly attacked by one of the cartels. Although family members said they believe the victims were targeted.

    All were members of the LeBaron family, a breakaway group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who settled in Mexico. Eight children survived the attack. But several are still recovering, including 8-year-old Cody, who according to a relative, will not be able to talk for six weeks following surgery where his jaw had to be wired shut.

    Another survivor is 7-month-old baby girl Faith. Her mother, Christina Langford Johnson, hid her baby in the backseat, before she was shot and killed. Faith was found 11 hours later.

    While Mexican security forces have provided protection for family members during the funerals, many worry about what happens when those forces leave. Mexico is on pace to hitting an all time high in murders this year. Roughly 98% of violent crimes, including homicides, go unsolved.

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